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Maamoul Date Cookies

Maamoul Cookies are semolina flour cookies filled with date paste. The cookies are formed by placing the dough in a specific Maamoul Cookie mold. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Bahrain
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies


Cookie Dough

  • 3 cups farina flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup ghee, melted
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp active, dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

Cookie Filling

  • 3 cups dates, pitted
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp orange extract
  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract


Make the Filling

  • Cut the pits out of the dates and blend together in a food processor. 
  • Add orange extract, almond extract, spices, and one tbsp of oil until smooth and blend again. 
  • Roll into about 24 small balls. 

Make the Cookie Dough

  • Mix yeast with water and allow to stand for about 3 minutes. 
  • Mix together farina, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, ghee, and butter. Use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or an electric mixer. 
  • Add the yeast and water and milk and continue to mix. 
  • Allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes. 

Assembling the Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  • Flour the mold. take a piece of dough and flatten it into a pancake. Form the dough around the date ball and press into the floured mold. Then lightly shake the cookie from the mold.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Enjoy! 


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